November 21 2013
Today, the Surfrider Foundation, WILDCOAST and Environment California launch ActCoastal, the citizen engagement campaign as part of the California Coast Accountability Project. www.ActCoastal.org
ActCoastal will empower millions of Californians who support coastal protection to engage effectively with the California Coastal Commission and have a voice in important decisions that matter to them and to the future of the state. The California Coastal Commission is mandated under state law to protect the California coast and to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy it.
The campaign will monitor and report on recent and pending actions before the Coastal Commission and will publish a monthly scorecard as well and an annual vote chart. “ The Commission manages some of the most valued and visited coastline on the planet. ActCoastal hopes to shed light on how Commission votes directly impact coastal resources, public access, and can set statewide precedent,” said Stefanie Sekich-Quinn of Surfrider Foundation.
The ActCoastal campaign will provide tools to engage the public in the Commission’s actions and decision-making. “Another goal of ActCoastal is to encourage diverse communities, who might be presently under-represented, to get more involved. We are engaging environmental justice organizations to represent all communities that make up California,” said Zach Plopper of WILDCOAST.
“The Coastal Commission reviews up to 1,000 projects a year. However, ActCoastal will focus on projects that uphold the vision and legacy of the California Coastal Act’s goals to protect public access and coastal resources for current and future generations,” concluded Nathan Weaver of Environment California.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.
About Environment California
Environment California is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization working to protect California’s clean air, clean water, and open space.
WILDCOAST is an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife.